Historical Political Events for May 4

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Year Event
1688 Second Declaration of Liberty of Conscience (ordered to be read in all churches, this date). The archbishop of Canterbury and six other bishops petitioned the king because they believed this was an illegal order. They were committed to the tower. (The Encyclopedia of World History. 2001.)
1776 Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
1886 The Haymarket Tragedy: A meeting of workingmen is held near Haymarket Square (in Chicago); police arrive to disperse the peaceful assembly; a bomb is thrown into the ranks of the police; the police open fire; workingmen evidently return fire; police and an unknown number of workingmen killed; the bomb thrower is unidentified. An interesting chronology is here.
1970 National Guard kills 4 students, who were pelting them with rocks and pieces of concrete in a protest against the Vietnam war, at Kent State.
1980 Marshall Josip Tito, who ruled Yugoslavia with dictatorial power, died this date. Of course, the various ethnic groups that made up Yugoslavia, now having somewhat more freedom, began to kill each other and to break up into separate states, eventually requiring the US led NATO to bomb them back into control again.
1989 Oliver North was convicted of shredding documents and a couple of other crimes but acquitted of nine other charges stemming from the Iran-Contra affair. The convictions were later overturned on appeal.
1994 President Bill Clinton (D) signed the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994. This law provides seed money to States and local partnerships of business, labor, government, education, and community organizations to develop school-to-work systems.
2009 Helping Families Save Their Homes Act becomes law; increases FDIC deposit insurance to $250,000 through January 1, 2014.
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Quote of
the Day
I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth. I assisted in furthering that version.
    — Colonel Oliver North, from his Iran-Contra testimony
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